She has a platinum album, toured with pop behemoth Britney Spears, has been nominated for a Grammy Award
for Best New Artist, and is set to appear with legendary music icon Madonna during her upcoming February 5th half-time show at Super Bowl XLVI. Indeed, Nicki Minaj is a pretty big deal right now. But if you ask in-demand pop dance producer David Guetta—who has worked with Lil Wayne’s Young Money princess on the collaborative hits “Where Them Girls At” and “Turn Me On”—he always knew Minaj was set for superstardom.
“A lot of people are really into the way Nicki looks because she is such a character,” Guetta tells VIBE. “But really, she has many, many different talents. When it comes to rapping, there’s no doubt about it. She’s the no. 1 female rapper. But she can also sing, which adds something different. These are all the things that attracted me to her.”
Which is why Guetta says the diverse Minaj was the perfect vehicle to expand hip-hop’s sound into the pop dance world. While most of the Queens, New York MC’s longtime fans, who have followed her since her 2007 debut mixtape Playtime Is Over may have expected a harder spitting sound, Guetta had other ideas.
“I wanted to take her someone unexpected musically,” he says. “I think the work we have done shows the full capacity of her as a singer.”
As for future studio collaborations with Nicki Minaj, Guetta, who is still promoting his latest album Nothing but the Beat, says expect more hits with the Pink Friday talent. “It was great working with Nicki. I’m in love with her voice! I’m looking forward to working with her in the future.”
Minaj’s sophomore album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, is due out February 14. –Keith Murphy